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Bert Berns

  • Year:
  • Inducted by:
    Steven Van Zandt (E Street Band)
  • Category:
    Ahmet Ertegun Award

Hall of Fame Essay


Joel Selvin

Bert Berns can’t be easily explained in a few words.

He was a consummate record man who died at age 38 in 1967, after seven years in the record business. He left behind a wife, three small children, and many bereaved friends and associates who loved and looked up to him.

He also left behind a number of angry enemies. Some of them remain pissed to this day.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2016
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incredible songwriter, producer, and label boss

Stevie Van Zandt



Photography: Getty/WireImage

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